News and Headlines 12/30/2021: Keeping you informed.

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California City Giving Blacks Housing for ‘Theft’ of Homes to Build Highways

David McNew/Getty Images
David McNew/Getty Images

Beginning in January, those former residents and their descendants will get “priority access to apartments with below-market rents in the hopes that they’ll come back to the coastal city in Los Angeles County.”

Nichelle Monroe, who said in a Sacramento Bee article that her grandparents were “forced out” of the Pico neighborhood, said she doesn’t think the program goes far enough. She wants help buying a home of her choice.

“But what else is there?” Monroe said. “The theft is still there. The generational wealth is still gone.” 

The Bee reported that highways and housing are racist:

Silk Road Founder Jailed– Drug Sales UP

The FBI announced a big victory: They’d shut down the illegal online drug market “Silk Road”.

They said that’d prevent drug sales and save lives. A judge sentenced Ross Ulbricht, a young libertarian who created the website, to double-life plus 40 years with no chance of parole. The judge called her sentence a “warning to others.”

But is it really fair to lock Ulbricht up for life?

John Stossel interviews Lyn Ulbricht, Ross’s mom, who says her son was just an overly-zealous libertarian who “Believed in free markets and volunteerism. He’s not a dangerous person.”

A New Ban on Surprise Medical Bills Starts This Week

Several studies found that around 20 percent of U.S. patients who had emergency care were treated by someone outside of their insurance network, including emergency room doctors, radiologists or laboratories. Any of those providers could send patients an extra bill after the fact, and some medical groups did so routinely. Such bills are now illegal.

There is one important exception.

The new law does not prevent ambulance companies from billing you directly for their services if they travel on roads. It does offer protections against surprise bills from air ambulances.

For scheduled services, like knee operations, C-sections or colonoscopies, it’s important you choose a facility and a main doctor that is in your insurance plan’s network. If you do that, the law bars anyone else who treats you from sending you a surprise bill.

This also addresses a large problem. Surprise bills from anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists, assistant surgeons and laboratories were common before.

New 2022 California laws on COVID-19, housing and policing

(Illustration by Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)
(Illustration by Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

In all, Gov. Gavin Newsom considered 836 bills covering a range of topics, a mix of proposals prompted by the current COVID crisis as well as items that have been hotly debated for years. Newsom vetoed only 66 of the bills that made it to his desk.

The Times’ list highlights 43 noteworthy new laws for 2022, including several that were approved years earlier but are only taking effect now. Most of those listed take effect on New Year’s Day. As in years past, the list mostly reflects the interests of the Democrats who hold a supermajority of seats in both the state Senate and Assembly.

Some of the most notable new laws make significant changes in criminal justice, law enforcement oversight and healthcare.

Youth gain lemonade stand freedom as 287 new Illinois laws set to take effect

Hayli Martenez at her lemonade stand in Kankakee, Illinois.
Hayli Martenez at her lemonade stand in Kankakee, Illinois.

The new year brings 287 new laws to Illinois – including one that will allow children to operate a lemonade stand without having to go through the red tape of acquiring a government permit.

Also starting Jan. 1, Illinois State flags bought by state institutions must be made in the United States. And private insurance plans regulated by the state must provide pancreatic cancer screenings.

Dry needling is also allowed as physical therapy beginning Saturday.

For the state’s younger residents, perhaps the most relevant measure taking effect Saturday allows kids to operate lemonade stands without having to get a permit from a local health department.

Pentagon Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo Bay

The Pentagon is building a second courtroom for war crimes trials at Guantánamo Bay that will exclude the public from the chamber, the latest move toward secrecy in the nearly 20-year-old detention operation.

Members of the public seeking to watch those proceedings at Guantánamo would be shown a delayed video broadcast in a separate building.

It is the latest retreat from transparency in the already secretive national security cases at the base, where the military and intelligence agencies have been restricting what the public can see.

That includes forbidding photography of sites that were once routinely shown to visitors and declaring both populated and emptied wartime prison facilities off limits to reporters.

Julie Kelly: Alleged Plot To Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Would Not Have Happened Without FBI Informants And Handlers

“American Greatness” writer Julie Kelly joined Will Cain, Wednesday on FOX News Channel, to discuss her new piece casting doubts on the official story of the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan ov. Gretchen Whitmer last year: Is the Whitmer ‘Kidnapping’ Case About to be Tossed?

This case is falling apart and at the same time it’s exposing a really egregious example of FBI entrapment of innocent men to concoct this plot and make really negative headlines for Donald Trump as voting was underway in the 2020 election.

And now the trial is scheduled for March but the government’s case is in a lot of trouble.

Actor Rob Schneider praises police after his car breaks down

The renowned actor, comedian, and screenwriter says that much of the anti-police rhetoric in the U.S. is ‘unwarranted.’

2021: 1.9M Migrants Apprehended Along Southwest Border, 500K ‘Got Aways’

File Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector
File Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector

Unofficial numbers indicate that Border Patrol agents assigned to the nine southwest border sectors apprehended approximately 1,929,000 migrants who illegally crossed between ports of entry in 2021.

Official U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports revealed that agents apprehended 1,773,674 migrants through the first 11 months of the year.

A source operating under the umbrella of CBP told Breitbart Texas that, with three days to go, agents apprehended approximately 156,000 migrants in December to date.

In addition to the apprehension of migrants, officials disclosed to Breitbart that a minimum 428,000 migrants are reported as “got aways.” The known got-away count is updated daily by the Border Patrol, according to the source. 

Exclusive Analysis: Biden’s Mass Release of Illegal Aliens into U.S. to Cost Americans $6.6B Annually

Alex Wong/RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images
Alex Wong/RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) analysis, shared with Breitbart News, dives into Biden’s record-setting year for illegal immigration wherein the number of encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border has surpassed the populations of many major American cities.

“The American public sees what is going on at the border and they are alarmed. But it is important for the public to understand why there has been such a dramatic worsening of the situation at the border,” FAIR President Dan Stein said:

The chaos along the border is no more transitory than inflation, despite what the president and his spokespeople might say. It is not due to external factors beyond the administration’s control. [Emphasis added]

The FAIR analysis points to Biden’s “litany of incentives put in place” for illegal aliens to come to the U.S. “combined with the simultaneous ratcheting down of interior and border enforcement.”

Portland Antifa rioter charged with assaulting police has case dismissed after 30 hours community service

Warner was charged with felony civil disorder. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Warner was charged with felony civil disorder. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

Eva Warner of Beaverton, Oregon, who police said was also known as Joshua Warner, was charged in September 2020 with felony civil disorder. 

Portland Police said Warner directed a high-powered laser into the eyes of law enforcement officers trying to disperse the crowd. Warner resisted arrest, prompting officers to use force, the DOJ said. A laser pointer was found on Warner. 

About a week later, Warner was arrested again and charged with second-degree criminal mischief in connection with another riot. Warner was again released from custody without bail

A week after that, Warner was arrested a third time in connection with yet another riot and charged with interfering with a peace officer and second-degree disorderly conduct. Warner was once again released without bail.

HCSO searching for three suspects accused of murdering man after stealing friend’s dogs

Officials need your help identifying three suspects on the loose, accused of murdering a man after stealing his friend’s dogs. Authorities said the suspects offered to give back the dogs, at a price. 

Deputies say the dog owner and his friend then met up for the exchange just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, but instead, a fight ensued, and several bullets were fired. 

Mankarious says this murder is another example of why harsher punishments are needed.

“For over two years now we’ve been sounding the alarm that we are reshaping our county, so that crime pays,” Mankarious said. “We’re emboldening criminals, and we’re encouraging them really through these policies to go out there and commit crime. And I think as they’re doing that, they too are getting creative.”

Police: Gulf Breeze woman flew daughter, 12, from Texas to Georgia for sex with man

Adrienne Klein (left) and Gesart Hoxha (right) (Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office){/p}
Adrienne Klein (left) and Gesart Hoxha (right) (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office){/p}

“Our agency was contacted by Arlington Police Department in Texas regarding an investigation started in Texas that included incidents in Gwinnett,” Gwinnett County Police said.

According to police, Klein and Hoxha arranged for Klein’s 12-year-old daughter to fly from Texas to the Atlanta area and paid for a hotel for the girl to stay.

Gwinnett County Police detectives searched Hoxha’s home in Buford, finding “large sums of cash” and explicit photos of the 12-year-old girl.

Investigators added that Hoxha and the victim had been messaging prior to her being flown to Georgia, some of which were sexually explicit in nature.

Media reaction to CDC guidance demonstrates global ‘madness’: Author

Author Douglas Murray comments on the media’s panic over new CDC quarantine guidance.

The mainstream media’s top 10 missteps in 2021

(CNN)
(CNN)

Throughout 2021, the mainstream media has been caught or forced to correct multiple stories that turned out to be misleading or not true.

From debunked stories such as the Steele dossier to new concerns over inflation, mainstream outlets badly reported on some of the biggest news stories of the year. 

Here are the top 10 most outrageous examples of the mainstream media reporting false or misleading stories this year. 

H&M worker claims NYC store has lice outbreak in gross photos

Netroya B, a soon-to-be ex-sales adviser at the street-fashion retailer’s location in New York City’s World Trade Center Oculus, has shared unsettling snapshots of insect-infested clothes allegedly being sold to unsuspecting customers.

She went on to suggest that the shop’s managers and executives were aware of the parasitic outbreak, but decided not to stop the flow of business. 

“They’re not closing the store nor are they notifying employees of the problem,” the Brooklyn native claimed. “The section was just blocked off.”

Obama’s Favorite Bank Gives January 6 Committee Trump Aide’s Private Records

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Budowich, according to the Washington Times, was only informed Wednesday that the bank had complied with a committee subpoena.

As Breitbart News reported earlier this week, Budowich only found out about the subpoena on December 23, and filed a lawsuit on December 24 challenging the legality and constitutionality of the committee’s subpoena.

The bank and the committee did not wait for the courts to rule, and the bank–represented by former Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch — complied with the subpoena, with Budowich only learning about that fact from the federal judge in his case.

Lynch is remembered for a secretive meeting with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac at an Arizona airport in 2016 while the Department of Justice was investigating his wife, Hillary Clinton, over her handling of State Department emails. 

Politics:

Critics blast Whitmer over latest audit uncovering $8.5 billion more in UIA misappropriations

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Deloitte audit results were announced Wednesday, one month after the Michigan Auditor General reported the UIA erroneously remitted nearly $4 billion in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the program paid from the federally funded Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.  

Some of the $4 billion blunder was attributed to UIA’s erroneous application of eligibility criteria, and, according to the Detroit News, the UIA claims an unspecified amount of that number may have been counted in the fraudulent claims uncovered by the Deloitte audit.    

The UIA has been under fire since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Former UIA Director Steve Gray resigned in November 2020, and received a $85,872 severance package, which was sealed with a confidentiality agreement regarding his job performance and departure.

“The UIA and the billions they have paid out in fraudulent claims is a massive hit to taxpayers and the credibility of our government under Gretchen Whitmer,” Eric Ventimiglia, executive director for Michigan Rising Action, said.

Hillary Clinton says progressive Democrats could spark midterm LOSSES

For Democrats, that means the so-called Squad of progressives – including the likes of Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.   

‘I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep blue districts where a democrat and a liberal Democrat or so-called progressive Democrat is going to win,’ said Clinton.

She made her comments in an interview earlier this month, which was broadcast in part on Thursday.

‘So this is going to be a very intense period, not just for the Democratic Party, but for the country.’

Her comments put her odds with the progressive wing of her own party, which has at times opposed President Biden.

Top Democrat Engages in Wild Gaslighting and Hypocrisy on the Filibuster

Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool
Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool

But when Republicans were in the majority not too long ago, then Senate Minority Whip Durbin regularly used the filibuster to gum up their agenda. He did this hundreds of times. 

President Joe Biden is engaged in the same kind of gaslighting. As a Senator, he called the filibuster a crucial tool to functioning government.

“At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill—it’s about compromise and moderation,” Biden said in 2005. 

Conn. attempts to cover up voter irregularities

Concerned citizens in Connecticut are finding voter irregularities. One America’s Scott Wheeler has more.

As 2021 Closes Decked In Democrat Disasters, Pelosi Clings To Jan. 6

Congressional Democrats are headed into an already historically hostile midterm cycle with all the warnings of a GOP blowout even mightier than the electoral landslide inaugurated by the Tea Party movement ten years ago.

An anemic economy handicapped by soaring inflation and high-power prices fed by progressive policy, coupled with a raging virus Democrats pledged to shut down, have continued to antagonize an electorate poised to return a proper punishment at the ballot box.

Never mind the administration’s failures on the southern border and in Afghanistan.

With no winning issues to run on, Pelosi has been reduced to weaponizing the levers of government to seek retribution against political opponents and execute the Democrats’ latest hoax, all while covering the speaker’s own culpability in the riot.

Victor Davis Hanson blasts Left’s ‘Let’s go Brandon’ hypocrisy

Hoover Institution senior fellow reacts to Democrats and media seeing ‘insurrectionists’ everywhere.

The Epidemic of Prosecutorial Abuse — Interview with Raj Rajaratnam

World News:

Number of Fake ‘Child’ Migrants in Britain More Than Triples in a Year

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

In the year to September 2021, some 1,118 migrants were found to have lied about being children — likely due to the fact that being a child, and especially a so-called unaccompanied minor, speeds up asylum applications and makes removal from the country harder — according to Home Office figures reported by The Telegraph.

The true figure is likely higher, as it has been policy not to even challenge migrants claiming to be children — that is, 17 or younger — unless they appear to be “at least 25 years old”.

Indeed, a previous scheme to import supposed migrant children directly from Calais, France was quietly wrapped up after photographs of what were supposed to be stringently-vetted arrivals showed the great majority had the appearance of being men who in some cases were not even particularly young.

Germans flock to Poland to buy fireworks in defiance of ban

Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP
Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP

A ban was announced this month for a second year in a row in an attempt to prevent large gatherings during the pandemic and to ease the burden on hospitals, which regularly have to treat serious injuries such as burns and lacerated limbs resulting from pyrotechnic accidents.

It is one of a range of post-Christmas measures being introduced as Germany braces for a new wave of coronavirus caused by the Omicron variant.

On New Year’s Eve, private gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people who are vaccinated or recovered, excluding children under 14. Clubs and discos are not allowed to open, and restaurants can operate only under strict conditions.

HK pro-democracy media closes after police raid; Coal burning banned in Hebei ahead of Olympics

One of Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy media outlets is forced to close down. Police raided its office and arrested senior staff members.

In the southern Chinese region of Guangxi, it looked like a scene from the Cultural Revolution. Police paraded four people through the streets displaying large photos of themselves. Critics are warning of the danger of another Cultural Revolution.

Winter heating is cut off in some cold northern areas because the authorities banned residents from burning coals, hoping to create a clear sky for the Olympics. But they’re ignoring the residents who cannot afford the alternative.

Germany’s foreign minister says she won’t go to Beijing for the Winter Olympics after countries call for boycotting the games due to Beijing’s rights abuses.

Walmart could be facing a boycott from China. The retailer attracted anger on Chinese social media after posts appeared to show that it had stopped stocking products from China’s Xinjiang region.

Commentary/Opinion:

Fox News’ Will Cain examines why the left are showcasing their Covid fears

“The omicron variant has so far turned out to be everything Anthony Fauci said it wouldn’t be. It has not been the winter of death and destruction that Joe Biden predicted — far from it.

The omicron variant is mild. Just when you thought America could finally turn the corner on this pandemic, a new wave is sweeping across the land. Insanity.

The unhinged meltdown on a Delta Air Lines flight by former Baywatch actress Patricia Cornwall wasn’t a reminder of how far we have come during the pandemic. No, it was a sign of what is to come … if the American people tolerate this insanity.”

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